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Primeur weekly 2016-05-17

Quantum computing

New design of primitive quantum computer finds application ...

Scientists take a major leap toward a perfect quantum metamaterial ...

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Hardware

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Leading thinkers convene in UK to tackle supercomputer efficiency barriers


WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas (left) and the president and CEO of Cray, Peter Ungaro, at the CUG 2016.
13 May 2016 Reading - Global efforts to bring about crucial improvements in supercomputing efficiency and energy usage were placed centre stage as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) welcomed users and vendors from around the world to London for the Cray User Group 2016 conference.

ECMWF, which runs one of the largest supercomputer facilities in Europe, is a leading proponent of 'scalability', a series of initiatives designed to improve supercomputer efficiency and energy usage. Innovative ways to allow high-performing computers to work more efficiently will enable greater amounts of data to be processed. This in turn will allow crucial weather forecast and Earth monitoring improvements to continue whilst sustainably managing the amount of energy needed. As a result, ECMWF's numerical weather predictions will continue to support Europe's meteorological services as they protect their citizens from the effects of severe weather.

Registration has also started for the 17th Workshop on High-Performance Computing in Meteorology, also being hosted by ECMWF in October, again emphasising the Centre's role in driving progress on Big Data and forecasting.

Scalability draws on the knowledge of weather experts, computer scientists and hardware providers to understand coding challenges and test ideas in order to better manage energy consumption and increase computational efficiency. This is aimed at providing more precise weather predictions.

Scalability was the key topic at this year's Cray User Group conference, hosted from 8 to 12 May by ECMWF, which brought together users of Cray supercomputers from all around the world. The event included tutorials and technical sessions on how best to use high-performance computing systems, and to discuss the importance of improving scalability in the area of numerical weather prediction.

ECMWF's first operational forecast in 1979, at 210 km global resolution, took 5 hours to run on a single-processor Cray-1A. Today, two Cray XC30 systems, each with more than 84,000 cores, provide more than 4 million times the sustained performance of that first Cray. This allows a much larger and more advanced forecasting system featuring a high-resolution global model resolution of 9 km and a 50-member ensemble with a model resolution of 18 km.

Further improvements in forecasting will require supercomputer energy consumption to increase in order to manage the more complex forecasting systems of the future. Current projections show that energy consumption at ECMWF would have to increase from around four megawatts today to around 50 megawatts within ten years. Scalability is intended to reduce this and keep supercomputers energy efficient as they contend with more data.

ECMWF Director-General Florence Rabier stated: "Improvements in predicting the weather from days to months and in understanding our climate call for ever more complex calculations. Supercomputer technology has played a key role in the great advances we've made over the past four decades.

But this same technology could ironically impair further advances unless we start tackling inefficiencies in data processing and energy use."

"The high interest in the presentations and discussions during the conference is encouraging and confirms the importance of the topic of scalability. The conference has been an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of ECMWF's Scalability Programme and has opened up the prospect of new collaborations in this area."

"If we can get this right, we won't just be able to predict the weather more accurately further in advance and improve the resilience of our economies, we'll also do it at a sustainable cost."

The president and CEO of Cray, Peter Ungaro, stated: "The Cray User Group is a vibrant, user-managed community and its annual conference provides a unique forum for discussing and sharing solutions to some of the most challenging problems that are at the intersection of advanced technology, supercomputing and Big Data analytics."

"We appreciate the support of ECMWF in hosting this year's excellent conference, and we look forward to working closely with ECMWF and our customers around the globe to meet the scalability challenges of tomorrow."

ECMWF is also putting scalability at the top of the agenda for the 17th Workshop on High-Performance Computing in Meteorology, which it is hosting from 24 to 28 October in Reading. It will bring together users from Member States and around the world to discuss achievements in high-performance computing over the past two years and requirements for computing power into the future.

Source: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts - ECMWF

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Primeur weekly 2016-05-17

Quantum computing

New design of primitive quantum computer finds application ...

Scientists take a major leap toward a perfect quantum metamaterial ...

A compact, efficient single photon source that operates at ambient temperatures on a chip ...

D-Wave Systems and 1QBit partner with financial industry experts to launch Quantum for Quants online community ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Up to 150,000 euro up for grabs per European SME to fund CPS experiments ...

Alder Hey Children's Hospital set to become UK's first cognitive hospital ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre to host Workshop on HPC for Water Related Hazards ...

Registration still open for 9th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications ...

Ron Perrott, an international leader in high performance computing receives ACM Distinguished Service Award ...

Middleware

Allinea tools to unleash research potential for Flemish supercomputer users ...

NSF grant to enable research computing infrastructure dedicated to science and engineering ...

Hardware

Leading thinkers convene in UK to tackle supercomputer efficiency barriers ...

Fujitsu receives order for 25 Petaflop/s supercomputer from the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba ...

Call for Papers for PGAS Applications Workshop ...

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough ...

Applications

The Sun's magnetic field during the grand minimum is in fact at its maximum ...

IBM and UMBC collaborate to advance cognitive cybersecurity ...

Ten PhD students from across the USA selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

Tiny terrors: Researcher works to uncover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance through efflux pumps ...

Exxact Corporation extends its deep learning solutions with NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning system ...

Engine design takes a major leap at Argonne ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson to tackle cybercrime ...

EuroFlash

TGAC installs largest SGI UV 300 supercomputer for Life Sciences worldwide to solve the most demanding data intensive problems ...

USFlash

US must up its game or risk being surpassed in supercomputing race by China, Japan & EU, new ITIF report finds ...